A Michigan man whose court hearing went viral in May for appearing on Zoom behind the wheel, despite being charged with driving on a suspended license, was revealed to have never held a valid driver's license. This startling revelation came to light on Wednesday during a court hearing.

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Corey Harris, 44, appeared before Judge J. Cedric Simpson in the 14A-1 District Court in Ann Arbor, where he was taken into custody. Judge Simpson disclosed that Harris had a bench warrant from 2015 for a suspended license charge in Allen Park. Harris had previously appeared before Simpson on May 15 for a similar charge, which stemmed from an October citation in Pittsfield Township.

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During the May court appearance, Judge Simpson noticed Harris was driving and subsequently revoked his bond, ordering him to surrender to the county jail that evening. Harris was warned that failure to comply would result in a bench warrant issued without bond. Records indicate that Harris' bond was set on May 17.

Harris' license suspension was originally connected to a child support case with the Saginaw County Friend of the Court. His suspension was supposedly lifted in January 2022 to allow him to resume driving, according to a report by WXYZ-TV Channel 7. However, Judge Simpson clarified on Wednesday that Harris had never held a Michigan license nor a license in any other state.

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"Let me make it very clear: based upon what the court looked at, he has never had a Michigan license — ever. And has never had a license in the other 49 states and commonwealths that form up this great union," Simpson said.

Judge Simpson explained that the 2022 order unsuspended Harris' driving privileges, not a physical license, and that Harris failed to take the necessary steps to obtain one. The Michigan Secretary of State indicated that under the Clean Slate laws, which took effect in October 2021, Harris' suspension could have been lifted if he had complied with additional requirements.


Harris’ attorney, Dionne Webster-Cox, expressed shock at the judge’s findings. She stated her primary objective is to resolve Harris' court cases and ensure he becomes eligible to drive legally.

For Harris to legally drive, Judge Simpson outlined that he must first obtain a permit from the Secretary of State, drive for at least 30 days, and pass a driving test to secure a valid license.

"I just want him to have a license," Judge Simpson concluded.

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